Delirium: Diagnosis, prevention and management

NICE guidelines [CG103] Published date:

Review decision date: July 2013

Next review date: July 2014

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care of adults (18 and over) with, or at risk of, delirium in hospital and in long-term residential care or a nursing home.

It does not look at people receiving end-of-life care, or people under the influence of or withdrawing from drugs or alcohol, or people with delirium associated with drugs or alcohol. NICE has published separate advice for the care of people with alcohol-related physical health problems, including delirium related to alcohol use (known as delirium tremens).

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